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Swahili for the Broken-hearted

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  514 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
A week after breaking up with the GND – his travelling companion in The Full Montezuma – Peter ran off to Africa to lose himself for a while.
Following the fabled Cape Town to Cairo route, he used public transport to go from the southern most city in Africa to the pyramids of Egypt - encountering wild animals, corrupt border guards, political turmoil and virulent stomach bu
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published (first published 2002)
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Mar 12, 2012 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really, man? An entire book dedicated to your public transport exploits and staying in hostels? "They were tribesmen of the African coffee table book variety..." pretty much sums this book up. It was written by a guy who has never lived in Africa, nor taken the time to learn about this continent, much less understand the people. And as far as the pantheon of travel-writing is concerned, this is pretty lame. Sorry. It just sucks.
Mar 10, 2008 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Although a "sequel" to THE FULL MONTEZUMA, this one can be read before that one; the "broken hearted" aspect doesn't overshadow the story as much as the title would suggest. Solid writing, but not much especially humorous or clever. Moore seemed to lose some momentum by the time he reached Ethiopia, and frankly so did I.
Sally Seymore
I enjoyed this book, especially because Peter Moore takes you through the roads of Africa, less travelled. However, I was disappointed to read his version of the history of District Six in Cape Town as it was not the people now living in Kayalitsha and other townships who were moved, but the colored people from the Cape Flats. Although he has travelled Africa before writing this book, he made it clear that he will not do so again, as everything seems to have fallen into disrepair. I suppose I ca ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Eh? Moore's writing is often entertaining, and he certainly has a way with words. But as far as a travel narrative goes, he spends far more time discussing his bus trips between various places and the random people he befriended along the way than he does any of the places he actually visits. At no point during the book did I feel particularly compelled to visit any of the cities or countries he discusses, solely because there was often more about how much his hotel room cost or whether he felt ...more
Beth Peninger
3.5 stars

Peter, a travel book author, took his broken heart and traveled from one end of Africa to the other. He gave himself 6 months to get from Cape Town to Cairo and to "get over" his most recent breakup. As he travels Africa he shares his adventures in each country he visits, makes friends along the way, and demonstrates a flexibility that is a bit hard for this Type A reader to embrace. Moore didn't do Africa in posh and luxurious ways but rather on the cheap, or as cheap as he could. I lo
Jul 10, 2011 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Peter Moore is an Aussie travel blogger turned writer. Years ago I'd read his misadventures online, and when I'd found he was publishing books, really wanted to get my hands on them and have a read, but since they're Aussie publications, it was a royal headache to track them down and have them shipped to the States.

Imagine my happiness when I found them in eBook format for 5$ a pop. No shipping! No hassle!

The book:
First, don't expect prose. He has some nice stuff in there, but nothing that's go
Sep 14, 2008 Jacqui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. It was perfect for me to read wile traveling in Africa. Admittedly, I didn't go all the way from Capetown to Cairo, but I certainly traveled by a variety of transportation choices (some questionable) in several of the countries he passed through.

His descriptions as a Westerner - mostly of his first impressions of Africa - are hilarious, and really appreciated by this first timer to the continent. I think going on an epic journey is one of the best ways to overcome heart
Sarah Sammis
Nov 11, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc, read-in-2012
Swahili for the Broken-Hearted by Peter Moore was born out of his break-up with his girl friend and traveling companion. After spending months with friends in South Africa, basically living on his friends' couch, watching soap operas, he decides it's time to head home. Rather than head home by hopping on a plane bound for Australia, he decides to travel overland along the eastern coast of Africa for Cairo.

Although Moore's book is about traveling through Africa, don't confuse it for a travel guid
Mar 05, 2015 Ton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Moore might very well be one of the greatest traveling companions in the world. The guy's honest, down to earth and, more importantly a leaf on a rocky river. From being confronted with an unclimbable Kilimanjaro to a life threatening uprising in Ethiopia, he let's the experiences flow underneath and past him, making notes and sharp observations in the process.
Nicole Hardy
I enjoyed Peter Moore's writing and his mostly phlegmatic attitude towards his fellow travellers. Many hair-raising adventures and endless hot, dusty, exhausting journeys in death-trap vehicles. Fun. I would read something else by Mr Moore and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys travel or is interested in other countries/cultures, and to those who (like me) are just armchair globetrotters! Mr Moore's irreverance and good humour are really refreshing and just the thing if you're in a dark m ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Bengi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how I became addictive to him. Peter Moore earned my sympathy since he made me laugh aloud on my way back from South Africa, the place where this book is purchased.
Julia Wheeler
Meh. The start was enjoyable but then the pace slowed considerably and so did my interest. I made it to the end but only just.
Peta Hay
Aug 05, 2014 Peta Hay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
up to his usual excellent standard. I recommend this book
Dec 23, 2014 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When in Africa...
Jan 24, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, non-fiction
Someone dated feeling but a nice armchair travel read.
Aug 04, 2011 Pussinbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Screamingly funny - had me laughing out loud on the train.
This is the first of Moore's books I read - I then went on to read some of his others which had the same effect.
He has a real way with words, managing to describe the most mundane things in such a way that made me almost wet myself with laughter!
Mar 07, 2011 ashok rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as a gift. Unfortunately, I read a couple of chapters and hurled it across the room. You have to weep if this the state of travel writing. Someone needs to educate the author, with perhaps a book by Robert Byron.

If you are looking kindling -- this book will certainly make the cut.
Roz Meineke
Apr 02, 2013 Roz Meineke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hilarious! One of the first books to make me genuinely laugh out loud! It's also quite inspirational! I have a soft spot for Africa and soon after reading this book did a trip over there staying at, and seeing many of the places Moore went to! Great, easy to read book.
Aug 27, 2010 Emilie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-lit
Really enjoyed this book, reminded me of all the crazy and slightly reckless positions I put myself in similar travels in Latin America....I particularly loved how Moore didn't mince words - if a place was shit, he had no gripes saying so. Makes me want to backpack again!
Aug 02, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-books, africa
Very entertaining read. I was keen to read up on going to Africa before my trip there in a couple of months, particularly Peter's Kilimanjaro trip. Has given me a good feel for where I'm going but has made me even more nervous about climbing Kilimanjaro.
Feb 07, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light hearted travel essay about a guy who hitch-hiked his way from South Africa to Egypt and his various adventures along the way. Not the best written but certainly enjoyable. I read it on the beaches of Zanzibar and thought it was fun.
J'pkorir Rose
He spelling of Isiolo was wrong...killed the book but most interesting while reading this book, a friend called me to ask if I can host his German friend on a border run which in almost felt like Peter Moore's stopped by my house.
Sep 16, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, 2012
Good light hearted travel book following the authors adventures across Africa. Written to some degree like a blog. If you're wanting deep and meaningful this is not for you.
Sep 17, 2010 Nurul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
funny, fun, and addictive.. make me wanna travel across Africa to mend a broken heart too. But my journey will cross the romantic morocco if i could ;p
Nov 13, 2012 Enid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, it had me in stitches at times, I felt like I was on adventure with him. I would read this over and over!
May 14, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disliked this book and the author's depictions from the start, but finished the book hoping it would redeem itself. It didn't.
Dec 11, 2010 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Good follow up to The Full Montezuma. Very easy to read and really makes you feel you are there with him.
Apr 09, 2009 Libby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Peter Moore certainly puts himself in dangerous situations. Why he does this I do not know.
Oct 22, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moore at his best. If you like travel memoirs join Moore on his post break-up trip through Africa.
Sep 22, 2014 Kandyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, travel
A fast read of the author's accounts on a Cape Town- Cairo journey. Humorous and quick
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Peter Moore has been writing fiction since he was eleven years old, and became an amateur lycanthropologist even earlier. Because he studied hard in high school and ate all his vegetables, he was able to attend Vassar College and Columbia University. Though he briefly considered a career in the FBI, America can rest easy: it didn’t work out. Instead, he has worked as a screenwriter, college profes ...more
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